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Why I Explore

The Planetary Report • September Solstice 2019

I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.

Chandrayaan-2 Launches for the Moon

Jatan Mehta • July 22, 2019 • 1

Liftoff atop the country’s GSLV Mk III rocket occurred on 22 July at 14:43 IST (09:13 UTC).

How to Send a Camera to Mars

Tina Seeger • June 04, 2019

The next Martian explorer, Mars 2020, currently exists as a robotic skeleton at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Teams across the world are working diligently to construct the instruments that will adorn the rover, inside and out, and thereby give it the tools it needs to explore.

In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018 • 2

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

Planetary Society Volunteers are Candles in the Dark

Kate Howells • July 31, 2018 • 3

After a bewildering day at AlienCon, a New York Times reporter found hope at The Planetary Society, courtesy of volunteer Sean Marquez.

Programming note

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2018 • 3

Emily Lakdawalla is on vacation from 1 to 22 July. Jason Davis will reign over the blog in her absence.

Visiting northern Thailand? Be a Stopover Astronomer guest at Thailand’s national astronomy institute

Svet Shkolyar • May 31, 2018

If you are space professional traveling to Thailand, the country's national space science research institute has an opportunity for you!

Seeing InSight

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2018 • 1

Last week, I received a golden ticket that gave me rare access to a sacred space: the cleanroom facility where NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is undergoing final preparations for launch.

Speak your science: How to give a better conference talk

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2018 • 7

Bad presentation often gets in the way of good science. Emily Lakdawalla offers her advice on how to present your scientific work effectively.

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